Rona Jaffe Foundation: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW:  The Rona Jaffe Foundation supports women writers in the early stages of their careers who work on literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Unsolicited applications and nominations are not accepted.

IP TAKE: There are some great opportunities here for new women writers; however, it can be tough to get in the door.

PROFILE: Founded in 1995, the Rona Jaffe Foundation was created by Rona Jaffe, New York Times bestselling author of The Best of Everything. The foundation supports women writers in the early stages of their writing careers. It “offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs.” Jaffe typically awards a pretty even mix of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry grants each year.

The Rona Jaffe Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or nominations, and the foundation does not provide a clear way to get in touch or submit inquiries. The funder’s address is 21 Wildwood Drive, Dix Hills, New York, 11746. In a past year, the foundation reported nearly $42 million in assets. Grantseekers can learn more about recent writing award recipients here and view all past recipients by year here.

Beth McCabe is the director of the writers’ awards grantmaking program. There does not appear to be other staff members. But based on 990 information, Attorney Alan C. Rothfeld and CPA Robert Wishnew are involved. Grantseekers can keep up with what the foundation is doing and interested in on the funder’s news page.


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